Hospital funding will take millions more hours of RN care from patients
TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - "The cuts being made to hospitals in the
government's road to health care reform will leave sinkholes that will
hurt patients," says Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario
Nurses' Association (ONA).
Haslam-Stroud says the funding freeze for hospitals will see a
continuation of the gutting of front-line RN care.
"ONA and its members call on the government to fully fund key services
that patients must be able to access from our public hospitals," she
said. "Nurses will take no part in intentional cuts that will damage
our patients' health."
Front-line registered nurses are deeply concerned that this budget has
what the Health Minister told the media are 'intentional' cuts. These
cuts, says Haslam-Stroud, "hurt patients."
"Our hospital sector needs stability," says ONA President Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The cuts will leave our patients searching for any
hospital-based acute nursing care they may require that simply can't be
found in the community."
She notes that Ontario has already been through "several years of what
amount to budget cuts which have resulted in the loss of hundreds of
registered nursing positions. For the sake of patient safety, this has
got to stop."
Haslam-Stroud points to repeated scientific studies showing the
correlation between too few RNs caring for too many patients and a
seven-per-cent increased risk of those patients suffering from
complications and/or death.
She also expresses concern that Ontario is continuing to move away from
a fully public health care system by increasing tax dollars that go to
for-profit providers in the community, and leaving patients with
nowhere to turn when they require the kind of care only hospitals can
While the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is pleased with the
increased funding for community and home care, the new funding is
coming at the cost of hospital programs, beds and registered nursing
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student
affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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